Wild Australia show entertains crowds at Balls Paddock, Woonona

Thorpe McConville brought his “Wild Australia” rodeo-circus to Ball’s Paddock, Woonona at least three times during the 1930s. The show would have attracted many locals who fancied themselves as horsemen, and who were given an opportunity to win £10 to stay in the saddle of McConville’s bucking horses and bullocks for at least 30 seconds.…

When the circus came to town

THE original Wirth brothers, Philip Johannes (1834-1880) and Peter, were musicians from Bavaria, who arrived in Port Phillip, Melbourne in 1855. For several years, the brothers and their families travelled the gold fields and backblocks as itinerant musicians, sometimes in the employment of a circus. In the early 1880s the family of Johannes established what…